Man in Profile

Joseph Mitchell of the New Yorker
Author(s): Thomas Kunkel
Original Publish Date: Jul 06, 2015
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Product Number: Z100099504
Released: Jul 20, 2015
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ISBN: #9781504648875
Narrator/s: Joe Barrett
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This fascinating biography reveals the untold story of the legendary New Yorker profile writer and unravels the mystery behind one of literary history's greatest disappearing acts. Born and raised in North Carolina, Joseph Mitchell was Southern to the core. But from the 1930s to the 1960s, he was the voice of New York City. Readers of the New Yorker cherished his intimate sketches of the people who made the city tick-from Mohawk steelworkers to Staten Island oystermen, from homeless intellectual Joe Gould to Old John McSorley, founder of the city's most famous saloon. Mitchell's literary sensibility combined with a journalistic eye for detail produced a writing style that would inspire New Journalism luminaries such as Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Joan Didion. Then, all of a sudden, his stories stopped appearing. For thirty years, Mitchell showed up for work at the New Yorker-but produced nothing. Did he have something new and exciting in store? Was he working on a major project? Or was he bedeviled by an epic case of writer's block? The first full-length biography of Joseph Mitchell, based on the thousands of archival pages he left behind and dozens of interviews, Man in Profile pieces together the life of this beloved and enigmatic literary legend and answers the question that has plagued readers and critics for decades: What was Joe Mitchell doing all those years? Fifty years after his last story appeared, and almost two decades after his death, Joseph Mitchell still has legions of fans, and his story-especially the mystery of his "disappearance"-continues to fascinate. With a colorful cast of characters that includes Harold Ross, A. J. Liebling, Tina Brown, James Thurber, and William Shawn, Man in Profile goes a long way to solving that mystery-and bringing this lion of American journalism out of the shadows that once threatened to swallow him.


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Man in Profile
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Product Number:Z100099504
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Author(s): Thomas Kunkel
Narrator(s): Joe Barrett
Product Number DD19154
Released: Jun 15, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504648936
Author(s): Thomas Kunkel
Product Number EB00557163
Released: Apr 28, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780812997521

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"North Carolina-born Joseph Mitchell, literary lion of THE NEW YORKER magazine, is the subject of an elegant, ambitious, and articulate portrait. Journalist Kunkel explores Mitchell's enigmatic and odd nature along with his interest in colorful New Yorkers. Narrator Joe Barrett's gravelly, expressive voice, which employs subtle characterization, is perfectly matched to the precise and confident prose. This is a thoughtful and sympathetic investigation of a life, seamlessly interweaving Mitchell's youthful, middle, and later years, examining the long periods in which he did not write, only to return to those efforts later with great success. W.A.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"